Archive for June, 2014

Daily Prayer for June 30

June 30, 2014

Resurrection Life
Would you want to go back to your old life? I would never want to go back to a life of depression and fear. I didn’t like myself and the guilt of sin was almost more than I could bear. I can’t count the times I turned over a new leaf only to have it wither and die. On the day I encountered Jesus I passed from death to life. When you receive Jesus, He will make you your true self—your child-of-God self (John 1:12 The Message). Depression gives way to happiness and joy; self-hatred gives way to the love of God and for God. You learn to [habitually] live and behave in newness of life; this is resurrection power at work in you to make your ordinary life extraordinary. Hold your head high; don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective. Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. (Colossians 3 The Message).

PRAYER:
Lord Jesus, you are the resurrection and the life. Your resurrection power is in me, and I am appointed and anointed by you to abound in eternal work for your Kingdom. My victory is assured as I walk uprightly before you. No good thing will you withhold from me! I am accomplishing great exploits for your kingdom, and the best is yet to come, in Jesus’ name! Amen.

Scripture Reading
John 11:25
Psalm 84:11
1 Corinthians 15:58 Living Bible

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Daily Prayer for June 29

June 29, 2014

Called to Fellowship
Fellowship with Jesus and sweet communion with the Holy Spirit opens your eyes so you can see God as a loving Father. Your view of God is usually formed by your perception of your natural father. If you grew up with a punitive, emotionally isolated dad you may see God the same way. If your dad was never there for you, or if he expected perfection and made no allowances for mistakes, that is probably your image of God. When you fellowship with Jesus, you will get a different image of your Heavenly Father. This God who made you wants you to know His character, and His plans for your life. When you fellowship with Jesus through the Scriptures you come to know this God and can be filled with His fullness. The Holy Spirit is your Teacher and He takes the things of Jesus and reveals them unto you. Jesus went about doing good and healing all those who were oppressed by the devil (Acts 10:38). He did what His Father does, and He says what His Father says. Jesus is a true representative of the Father; to know Jesus is to know the Father.

PRAYER:
God, you called me into fellowship with your Son Jesus Christ my Lord and you are faithful. You called me to this through the gospel that I might share in the glory of my Lord Jesus Christ. You saved me and chose me for this holy work not because I deserved it but because that was Your plan long before the world began–to show Your love and kindness to me through Christ Jesus. Thank You for calling me; You are faithful to confirm Your word with signs and wonders for Your glory. I love You, my Lord God, with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my mind (intellect), and I shall love my neighbor as I do myself. Jesus, you are Lord! Amen

Scripture Reading
1 Corinthians 1:9
2 Thessalonians 2:14 (NIV)
2 Timothy 1:9 (Living)
1 Thessalonians 5:24 (NIV) 

Daily Prayer for June 27

June 27, 2014

God Directs your Steps
God knew you before the foundation of the world, and He chose you to be His very own. He searched out your pathway, even your lying down. The Lord himself says that His thoughts and plans are for your welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. (Jeremiah 29:11) God is acquainted with all your ways, and has laid His hand upon you, and the writer of Psalm 139 asks: Where could you flee from the presence of the Spirit of God? You are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that you may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for you. You can choose to take the paths which He prepared ahead of time that you should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for you to live]. (Ephesians 2:10) Who would want to miss out on God’s plan? Commit your education, your career, your future to the Lord and He will direct your path.

PRAYER:
O Lord, I know it is not within my power to map my life and plan my course. I commit my future plans to you – my education, whether I marry or remain single, my career, and my ministry. When I make a decision contrary to your will, correct me with justice, and lead me in paths of righteousness for your name’s sake. Thank you, Lord for directing my steps. Just as a mother and father are thrilled when their children take their first steps, You delight in each step I take. When I walk, my steps will not be hampered; when I run, I will not stumble in the name of Jesus. Amen

Scripture Reading
Proverbs 16:9 (NIV)
Jeremiah 10:23 (Living)
Psalm 37:23 (Living)
Proverbs 4:12 (NIV) 

A Message from Germaine: Praying for an Addicted Family Member

June 26, 2014

A question from our prayer partners and friends:

Below is an example of a prayer request that we receive from heartbroken, desperate parents, which always touches my heart.

Prayer Request: “PLEASE pray for our son and our family. Our son is enslaved to addiction and desperately needs salvation. He has struggled with addiction for over twenty years and it has taken a terrible toll on him and our family. We have done everything within our power and means; nothing has worked. My prayers for him are constant. Addiction is complicated and our son has many issues which would take too long to detail in this request. Please let me assure you that I do not wish to force God or pray in any way that would offend the Heavenly Father. I am just a heart broken, desperate mother that wants most of all her son’s SALVATION. I know that God is ALL POWERFUL and I am powerless. I understand that I must accept His will. My anguish over my son is great! I have a mother’s heart and cannot give up on my son! Our son is now homeless and we do not even know where he is! We do not know what else we can do. We are in fear for his life, safety and ESPECIALLY HIS SOUL! GOD TRULY IS OUR ONLY HOPE! PLEASE PRAY FOR A LIFE CHANGING ENCOUNTER WITH GOD FOR him AND GOD’S MERCY, GRACE AND PEACE FOR OUR FAMILY! Pray for his SALVATION, abstinence and safety. Ask God to work in his life, heart, mind & soul and do whatever is necessary for his SALVATION and deliverance! Our torment is great and after all these years it is hard to have faith and hope! We are suffering and need to feel God’s spirit. Pray that God will reveal to us what He would have us do and please grant us the WISDOM & COURAGE to do only His will. Can you give me anything hope, encouragement, comfort? Thank you for your willingness to prayer for others. May our Lord abundantly bless you! I humbly, ask all of this is in MERCIFUL & MIGHTY NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, and except His will in all things!”

My Response:

When a family member becomes ensnared in addictions, it is not an individual problem…it is a family problem. A family crisis may become your School of Prayer, and it may be the most difficult of all. To pray effectually, you have to allow the Word of God to divide soul and spirit. This is the separation of your emotions (the mother/father’s love) from your faith, which is the victory that overcomes the world. Here is where you, the mother or father, will find it imperative to yield to the constant ministry of transformation by the Holy Spirit. He is the Divine Intercessor who helps you pray when you don’t know how or what to pray. (Romans 8:26-28.) You may wrestle with guilt, self-condemnation and questions that are heart-wrenching, but God will never fail you or leave you without support.

When our son was in his junior year of high school, we were one of the families entrapped by the raging drug culture which rocked society in the 1970’s. The church world was not ready to address the demoralizing effects of drug addictions. We pursued help from many sources, but over time it became evident that we needed help that only comes from the Throne Room of Heaven. For a few months I withdrew from friends and neighbors to inquire of the Lord according to Psalm 27. I did not hesitate to pour out my soul before my Father-God just as Hannah of the Old Testament. But I learned that I could say to my soul: Why are you cast down? Hope in God who loves David and has plans for him that you do not yet know. You can’t walk his journey for him. My Spirit is hovering over him wherever he goes.

The Holy Spirit taught me several lessons…sometimes easy to learn, but not so easy to process. BUT GOD…He has sent a divine Helper…the Holy Spirit.

  • Search the scriptures for God’s plans for children. (Isa 54:13; Acts 16:31)

  • Forgive your child and remember that God even uses the evil of this world to accommodate itself to His plan. (Romans 8:28)

  • Speak your faith (all is well) in the face of painful circumstances. (Proverbs 18:21 and Proverbs 21:23)

  • Make a decision to praise and thank God according to Psalm 139 and Psalm 8.

  • Don’t be moved by a positive or negative change. You will develop patience as you “count it all joy” and your emotions will not be tossed around by every wind that comes. (James 1)

  • Renew your mind to God’s Word which never changes rather than focusing on circumstances which are ever changing.

  • Bring your thoughts into obedience to God’s Word and DO NOT focus on the problem.

  • Do not discuss the problem with everyone. This opens the door for the opinion of others and you will learn the full meaning of “job’s Comforters first hand. God will send encouragers to you in His timing.

  • Choose carefully those you ask to pray. The prayer of agreement is powerful when “two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask.”

  • Do not tell God how to answer your prayer…let God arise and He will be glorified!

David and I share “Our Family’s Story” in Prayers That Avail Much for Your Family, which is available on our website.

Daily Prayer for June 26

June 26, 2014

Where Can you Go?
When Adam sinned he moved from Eden, the garden of light, into spiritual darkness. He was estranged from his Maker. There was no way for him to find his way back. Fear controlled him as he tried to make it on his own. He had no hope, and was in the world without God. BUT GOD! He had a plan to bring his children back to Himself; He sent Jesus to take away the sins of the world. Jesus is the Way to the Father, and you can be reconciled to God. You can choose salvation and become the righteousness of God in Christ. In Him you become a brand new creation; old things pass away and behold all things become new! Where there was fear, now there is faith – faith in an awesome God whose plan for man’s salvation is available to all who will call upon the name of the Lord. Where can you go but to the Lord!

PRAYER:
Lord, you are my shield, my glory, and my only hope. You alone can lift my head, now bowed in shame. I cried out to the Lord, and he heard me from his Holy Temple. Then I lay down and slept in peace and woke up safely, for the Lord was watching over me. And now, although ten thousand enemies surround me on every side, I am not afraid. Salvation comes from God. Jesus is my Lord! What joys he gives to all his people. Amen

Scripture Reading
Psalm 3:3-8 (Living) 

Daily Prayer for June 25

June 25, 2014

How Big is Your God?
Are you acquainted with this awesome God who wants you to know Him intimately? Think about the wondrous things He has done beginning with the beauty of the earth. Hear the sounds of heaven released in the nighttime as the creatures of the earth make a symphony to the Lord. Who is like our God? Consider the bright light of a full moon as it shines through the oak trees creating playful shadows; twinkling stars announcing that our God rides on the wings of the wind. Hush, don’t you hear them singing the song of the Lord? Yet you and I sing a song that they cannot sing – the song of the redeemed! Isn’t you heart overwhelmed with the awesomeness of God? Just think the Creator is your God, your Lord, and your Savior! There is none who can compare to Him. He is a big God, yet He is small enough to live within your heart, even the heart of a child. Who is like unto our God?

PRAYER:
Who among the gods is like you, O Lord? Who is like you–majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders? Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance? You are magnificence, a big God, yet you have taken your place in my heart. You abide in me and I abide in You. Your righteousness reaches to the skies, O God. You have done great things. Who, O God, is like unto you? You are my Lord and Savior, Creator of the heavens and earth. You are a big God – more than enough to help me in any situation. Oh, my God – you went before me and prepared the pathway that I am to walk. I love you with my whole heart, soul and mind. Amen

Scripture Reading
Exodus 15:11 (NIV)
Isaiah 40
Psalm 71:19 (NIV)

Daily Prayer for June 24

June 24, 2014

Our God Reigns
Does God have freedom to reign in your life? He stands at the door and knocks waiting for you to open the door. At your invitation He will come to the table and eat with you. Then you can take Him on a tour of your tri-level house. You are spirit, soul and body. Your spirit is a partaker of the Father’s divine nature, but your soul is saved through the engrafted Word of God. The sovereign Lord will walk with you through the corridors of your soul waiting for you to unlock the doors that protect emotional wounds, fears, self-centeredness, resentment and unforgiveness. As you open each door He heals all your diseases and forgives all your iniquities. Give Him permission to take control. He will bind up and heal your brokenness, and you will discover that you are complete in Him. Prophesy and declare over yourself: my God reigns! The choice is yours.

PRAYER:
Heavenly Father, You are the Lord of my life. You made my spirit the candle of the Lord that searches out my innermost being, and I submit to the Holy Spirit who searches my heart and He knows your will for my life. Everything is exposed to your Word, and I submit to the constant ministry of transformation by the Holy Spirit. Thank You for healing all my hurts, fulfilling all my needs and for helping me process and resolve all issues perfectly with the Word of God. I choose this day to submit to your Lordship and declare with confidence: my God reigns over my life! Amen

Scripture Reading
Luke 4:18
Proverbs 20:27
Romans 8:26-27
Hebrews 4:12-13

Daily Prayer for June 23

June 23, 2014

Affirmation of Confidence
There was a time that I had no self-confidence. Self-condemnation and self-doubt whirled in my head and played havoc with my life. I thought that I was a failure going somewhere to happen, and it seemed that I constantly made wrong decisions. I read books on self-improvement, but decided they didn’t apply to me. This belief sabotaged everything I set out to do, and I heaped more condemnation on myself. BUT GOD! He helped me turn my life around, and because He had forgiven me I chose to forgive and accept myself. I faced my issues and with the help of the Holy Spirit resolved them one at a time. I began affirming aloud the Lord is my confidence and I am self-confident and self-assured. He is my sufficienty and I can make wise decision because when I pray my Lord gives me wisdom and strength. If I make a mistake He is bigger and He can turn it around. My life has never been the same.

PRAYER:
Lord, You are my confidence and will keep my foot from being caught in a trap or hidden danger. I have returned to you and waited for you and I am saved; in quietness and confidence is my strength. In Christ and through faith in him I approach God with freedom and confidence, and I will not throw away my confidence; it will be richly rewarded in the name of Jesus. Amen

Scripture Reading
Proverbs 3:26 (NIV)
Isaiah 30:15 (Living)
Ephesians 3:12 (NIV)
Hebrews 10:35 (NIV) 

Daily Prayer for June 22

June 22, 2014

Christ is your Sufficiency
Sooner or later everyone has to deal with pride. We trust in our own resources and blame others when life doesn’t turn out as we plan. We can’t ask anyone for help because pride convinces us that we are sufficient unto ourselves. We even think that we know more and are smarter than all our teachers. This stronghold of pride not only hinders healthy relationships, but prevents us from seeking God. God is faithful and He will turn it around when we choose to acknowledge and humble ourselves before Him. He is more than enough. He is our sufficiency! He has made us fit, worthy and sufficient to be His ministers in the marketplace as an employer or employee, at home, in our communities and abroad. Choose to be teachable and contrite, Christ will be your sufficiency one day at a time. He is more than enough and you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.

PRAYER:
Father, it is true, I can’t do a solitary thing on my own: I listen, and then I decide. I’m not out to get my own way but only to carry out Your orders. Not because I think I can do anything of lasting value by myself. My only power and success comes from God.Your grace is sufficient for me, for Your power is made perfect in my weakness. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Amen

Scripture Reading
John 5:30 (Message)
2 Corinthians 3:5 (Living)
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
Philippians 4:13

Daily Prayer for June 21

June 21, 2014

The Abundant Life
For many years I was an unhappy, struggling Christian – filled and overflowing with numerous insecurities. But when I discovered that Jesus had come that I might have life and have it to the full – until it overflows, I began experiencing a life of joy unspeakable and full of glory. In Experiencing God Day by Day the authors Henry & Richard Blackaby wrote: Jesus wants you to live your life with security, knowing that you are a beloved child of God. If you are not experiencing love, joy, and peace, you have settled for less than what God intends for you. If you have been making excuses for why you are not experiencing an abundant and joyful life, determine today to settle for nothing less than God’s best for your life. Stop following the world’s way of finding satisfaction. Instead, listen to the Savior’s voice, and you will find true fulfillment. 8/25—Experiencing God Day

PRAYER:
Heavenly Father, I pray that the joy of Jesus may be made full and complete and perfect in me, and that I may experience His delight and gladness fulfilled in me; His enjoyment perfected in my own soul. Jesus, you are my source of eternal salvation. Thank You for coming that I might have life, and have it more abundantly – have it to the full until it overflows. I receive the power of God that works through me. I rid myself of negative thoughts, and in simple humility, let my Gardener landscape me with the Word, making a salvation-garden of my life. I am united with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant to the glory of the Father. Amen

Scripture Reading
Hebrews 5:9 (NIV)
John 10:10 (KJV)
James 1:21 (Message
John 15:5 (Message)